• Some true and humourous facts on anxiety!

    I found this interesting piece on a link from See Me Scotland Supplement This is from this year’s Mental Health Awareness week:Five Things you didn’t know about anxiety, depression and mental illness.It’s written by a comedienne, Felicity Ward.Well worth a wee read, informative – and it’s funny!

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    For support and advice with suicidal thoughts or feelings you can call Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123.

  • Wee Read Autumn new beginnings!

    What a week! I made a new start at the Maggie’s Lanarkshire and it is a joy to write and listen to each other in such a lovely environment. Please come along- we will do a group on the first Tuesday every month (except December 8th).Maggie’s is for anyone and everyone affected by cancer.So if you have a desire to explore the changes that living with cancer brings to you please drop in and try.Or, pop in and book with the Maggie’s staff, tel 01236 771199 email  lanarkshire@maggiescentres.org -There’s always a welcome and a cuppa for you – and often cakes!

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    Then, yesterday 8th October was National Poetry Day see here for my poem I added …

    I was lucky to be invited to meet two fellow librarians at Hillhouse Library, to arrange some See Me, Read Me sessions. We will do the first one on remember, remember…the 5th of November see event details here…

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    The second one will be on the 3rd of December, come along to explode the myths about mental health and stigma. Challenge the stereotypes!See Me funds the See Me, Read me project.

    It’s aw’ go! Get involved! Anyone who wishes to send me a poem or a contribution please email me at christine@weeread.scot

    Enjoy Autumn falling all around you.

  • See me, Read me – 6 sessions at The Hope Cafe 14th October

    See Me, Read Me!

    Wee Read

    A six weeks course of reading and writing in which we challenge mental health stigma.

    Starts Wednesday 14th

    October at the Hope Café,

    8 Wide Close,

    Lanark

    2 – 3.30 pm

    Join us to share stories, poetry and writing.

    This is a FREE course. Please book a place by calling 07952 982868

    email christine@weeread.scot

     

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  • Mental Health awareness week 11th – 17th May 2015

    It’s been a busy week for me, first I expanded my mental health awareness at the ‘Expeerience Counts’ Development Day on Tuesday in Wishaw . Met lots of people working in mental health across Lanarkshire. We had workshops to talk about the Peer support workers’ role, the Well -Informed service, and the Tools for Life course and related subjects.  It was a good learning and networking experience for me. My thanks go to Ann Ronald and the others who made this an interesting morning!

    Later, I completed an online course at  mindSET discovering the myths and facts of mental health. I was chuffed when I printed out the certificate.Good course.

    Wednesday was a meeting with  See Me staff, to  chat about the anti-stigma work that Wee Read is proposing to do. Thanks to Laetitia for her support. The guidance was really clear that my project needs to be led by at least 50%  people with a personal, lived experience of mental illness and recovery. I am glad about this – the roots-up approach is what I have wanted to try for ages.

    Thursday,  I met local staff at the Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health  (LAMH) at their shop and offices on Cadzow Street. Learned that they did have some writers and poets a while ago, and a  book was published, called ‘Fine Lines’.  I’d like to see a copy, and so would Hugh at LAMH! If anyone out there has a copy, please send it in!  Happily, I will be giving them a taster reading and writing session in the near future! Thanks, Hugh!

    My plan for Friday is – Read a good book! Some homespun bibliotherapy for me. May even write a poem.

    What are you doing this year in Mental Health Awareness Week?

    Here’s some See Me activity: